San Francisco, CA — California motorists are once again feeling the pain of rising gasoline prices.
AAA of Northern California says the months-long trend of falling gas prices has taken an abrupt reversal thanks in part to rising crude oil prices.
The average statewide price for a gallon of regular unleaded has risen to $2.36 a gallon. That´s up 7 cents from last month, and 40 cents from a year ago.
A AAA spokesman says it´s common to see prices increase in January. Analysts say the price of a barrel of crude is back over the $60 mark after staying below that level for the last two months.
AAA says every dollar increase in crude prices translates to a 2.5 cent per gallon rise at the pump.
AAA says the highest gas prices in Northern California can be found in South Lake Tahoe where gas is $2.62 a gallon, the cheapest can be found in San Rafael, where the average is $2.21 a gallon.
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